Birthdays and Beauty by Betsy Ringer – The Transition Physician

Did you know a synonym for “transition” is progression? When we are in transition, we often feel stuck. If we can think of it as part of our progression to a new stage, it won’t be so scary. It’s almost my birthday. Oh, this isn’t just any birthday. I am now, well, let’s just say I have many, many years of experience in “midlife.” Did I say many?! Most of my life is behind me. When I walk past a mirror, I wonder who that person is I’m looking at. On the inside, I feel much prettier than the mirror reflects back. No matter our age, I wonder if we see ourselves with the beauty God sees us with. I’m reminded of Norman Rockwell’s painting of the young girl looking in the mirror wondering if she’ll ever grow up as pretty as the … [Read more...]

Easy Relaxation Tips for Busy Women by Tara McClenahan

Whew! Summer is just beginning and as a mom of a little one I already feel a bit weary. As moms, we seem to take care of everyone and everything. But I have to admit, sometimes I feel guilty when I take time to take care of, um… ME! But let’s take that guilt, throw it over our shoulder and take some personal “mama” time for ourselves this summer ~ GUILT FREE! Each of us has the capacity to nurture others and accomplish great things but a constant focus on others takes its toll. A car is filled with gas to make it run. Eventually the gas runs out and your car won’t move unless the car is replenished with fuel. The same goes for us. Emotional issues can develop when we don’t take the time to take care of our spiritual and emotional … [Read more...]

They'll Remember Your Laugh by Betsy Ringer

Laughter is good medicine for the body, mind and soul.  Proverbs 17:22 says so. And modern research confirms that a good belly laugh and even a giggle reduces stress, protects our heart, strengthens the immune system and increases our pain threshold!  The movie, “Patch Adams” is based on a doctor who is still practicing medicine today. He prescribes and uses laughter as a healing agent.  Laughter helps clear toxins from organs and circulates oxygen in our bodies.  Oxygen is a primary catalyst for biological energy necessary for good health.  It helps destroy cancer cells, parasites, and bacteria. I speak to many groups about Laughter and I find that most of us need to be reminded that our families will not remember how clean the house was … [Read more...]